Arzoo is an education center created with an aim to bridge the gap created between the Hindus and Muslims because of communal riots in the past. It is an incentive to give people a new dimension to tolerate, accept and forgive.
Summary of the initiative
Education: Arzoo provides basic education to the 5-15 years old children belonging to families below poverty line (BPL) at a nominal fee of 10 INR. These children are mostly rag pickers, labourers and street hawkers. Arzoo has 75 students registered under its rolls, of which 10 are orphans. Students who can not afford their fee are allowed to pay it in instalments.
Crafts production (Hand Paper Work): A mixture machine for the paper mash has been provided to Arzoo by Mrs. Jenny Pinto (Sulekha’s friend). They buy flowers from a local florist every month and utilize them in making cards, paper bags, bookmarks, diaries, folders etc. Arzoo showcases its products in forums like Shodhyatra conducted by SRISTI and Gram Shree by Seva Café since 2004. Arzoo also showcases its product in SRISTI’s food festival called Satvik.
Recreation activities (Plays and Dramas): Arzoo organizes plays and shows involving children with themes based on real life problems and real events. Till date, they have staged shows at the Municipal School, Townhall and Darpan Academy. Awareness for women education is also spread by Arzoo in its plays, shows and dramas. They also performed at IIMA’s cultural technical fest CHAOS’07. Arzoo arranges sports kits to encourage students for playing sports like cricket, football, chess and carom among its children.
Healthcare and Medication: Healthcare camp for the Arzoo children was arranged in Feb 2006 with the help of Kesar Sal Hospital whose doctors supervised medical prescription, and medicines were arranged by Arzoo itself. Arzoo also conducted cleanliness drives in various localities (like Kasai ki chali, Jethalal ki chali, Gujasiram ki chali and Allahnagar). Arzoo organised a women’s healthcare camp on May 2007 in association with Jagruti Foundation where female (15 years and above) health issues were addressed.